It has lots to offer but it hasn't lost what attracted back packers here in the 1st place, its still a small piece of paradise for everybody to share and enjoy.
Occasionally progress can be a wonderful thing, fortunately Koh Taohas kept its chilled atmosphere, ]it is,it's] still nigh on impossible to find a crowded beach.
During the last 10 odd years the island has changed in many ways as it developed to become one of the major dive operation centres in Thailand, bringing all levels of divers and water lovers alike.
They were the twin brothers Khun Oh & Khun Ueam who got to Ko Tao by boat from the neighboring island of Koh Phangan, Ko Tao was still under Royal Patronage in those days but it didn't stop those fortune seekers from staking their claim.
In 1947, then Khun A-Paiwong, Thailand's Prime Minister at the time, requested and received a Royal Pardon for Ko Tao's prisoners and with thanks to a gracious act by His Majesty the King.
Arrivals and departures were on the local coconut boats, and even then delays of several days were common practice, so back to the hammock and a world of dreams, the boat will come another day.
From the days of being a prison camp, through to its current development, Turtle islandhas retained it's sparkle, though it now caters for everyones needs and costs.
A culture shock to many, but generally the islandreacted with a passion to these new visitors, over the following months much change had taken place, new resorts, with more facilities, a new array of restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe.